BEng (with Honors) in Automation Engineering

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Tuition Fee: From 10,250 € / year

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Modern automation engineering combines elements of electronic engineering, software, robotics, networking, and data intelligence, which are highly sought after skills in sectors such as the pharmaceutical, medical, and food industries.

As the manufacturing industry moves to Industry 4.0, the increased need for data intelligence means that the shortage of automation engineers with the required skills will be greater.

Industry 4.0 is the term used to describe the era of the “smart factory” in which computers and automation come together through cyber-physical systems to monitor the physical processes of the factory and make decentralized decisions. Such developments require graduates with a combination of skills in electronics, automation, networking, and data intelligence.

The BEng (Hons) course in Automation Engineering was designed in consultation with many of the leading employers of electronics and automation engineers in the Southeast region with the goal of producing modern graduates automation engineering who have the necessary skills for current and future positions in this area.

Industrial installation

In the third year, students do industrial internships for up to six months. This gives students an idea of ​​what professional practice is, how the industry operates, and how theoretical knowledge is applied in practice. It also strengthens the industrial links between WIT and the automation engineering industry in Ireland and abroad.

Professional options

The B.Eng (Hons) in Automation Engineering (with data intelligence) provides a graduate with such skills with special emphasis on:

  • Industrial control
  • Robotics
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
  • Vision systems
  • Data intelligence, that is, automated storage of manufacturing information in a database and query it </ li>
  • Project management
  • Industrial Networks
  • Standards, validations, and verification (including security best practices from an engineer’s point of view, for example programming with a view to issues security)

Graduates of BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering can find employment in the following areas:

  • Automation Engineering
  • Control engineering
  • Research and development
  • Test and Measure
  • Data intelligence
  • Network administration
  • Production support

Continue in study

Graduates can apply to study graduate courses, including MEng in Electronic Engineering, Master of Innovative Technology Engineering, Master of Research, and PhD programs.

Program structure

Semester 1:

  • Introduction to engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Professionalism
  • Engineering Physics 1

Semester 2:

  • Mathematical engineering 2
  • Engineering Physics 2
  • Analog electronic devices
  • DC circuit theory
  • Introduction to electrical and electronic technology
  • Introduction to programming

Semester 3:

  • Instrumentation and measurement
  • Electromechanical interface and devices
  • Engineering math
  • AC circuit technology
  • Mechatronics 1
  • Advanced programming for robotics

Semester 4:

  • Control systems
  • Industrial instrumentation
  • Object-oriented programming for microcontrollers
  • Programmable digital systems
  • Intermediate engineering calculation
  • Industrial automation

Semester 5:

  • Database Fundamentals
  • Advanced Engineering Math
  • Embedded Scripts
  • Process quality and software control
  • Project management
  • Telecommunications

Semester 6:

  • Industrial studies and placement

Semester 7:

  • Advanced programming logic controllers
  • Analog control
  • Industrial Networks
  • Project specification
  • Internet of Things application
  • Pharmaceutical Law & Compliance

Semester 8:

  • Digital control
  • Automated cloud services
  • Project implementation
  • Robotics and Vision
  • Database systems
  • Business and XML date swapping

Admission requirements

Applicants who are not citizens of the EU member states, nor have resided for full-time undergraduate study courses in Ireland should apply directly to the International Office at WIT. Applications will be accepted until May 31 of each year for programs that begin the following September. Overdue applications will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

For this Program:

  • 2 subjects: H5
  • 4 subjects: O6 / H7
  • English or Irish: O6 / H7
  • Math: O2 / H6

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